Dyonna Battle poured in a game-high 26 points to lead the Queens University of Charlotte women's basketball team to a 79-60 win over Lees-McRae College in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday afternoon in Williams Gymnasium.
Queens (9-15, 7-8 CC) posted a field goal percentage of 47.2 percent on the
afternoon, including a 52.2 percent clip in the second half, while holding Lees-McRae (8-14, 4-12 CC) to a mark of 27.1 percent from the floor in the contest. The Bobcats won the battle on the glass by a 51-46 margin, including a 28-14 advantage on the offensive boards, as Queens converted 26-of-34 attempts at the free throw line.
DeAnna Waters (Upper Marlboro, Md.) led the way for the Bobcats with a double-double, recording 17 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Paige Whitaker (Harrisburg, N.C.) added 11 points with a trio of three-pointers, as Chloe Parker (Chicago, Ill.) and Candace Flowers (Charlotte, N.C.) each posted 10 markers. Parker also pulled down eight rebounds.
Battle led all scorers with 26 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including an 11-for-14 night at the free throw line. Melissa Thomas added 16 points with a 6-for-10 game from the floor, as Sarah Myatt nearly recorded a double-double with nine markers and nine rebounds. Shonice Pettaway chipped in 12 points, as Thomas posted a game-high four steals.
Queens got off to a strong start in the first half, opening a 14-6 lead on a Myatt jumper with 12:23 to go in the period. The Bobcats would cut the margin to 18-14 with an 8-4 spurt, which was capped by a Waters lay-in at the 9:37 mark. Queens responded with a 13-7 run to push the lead to 31-21 on a Battle jumper before the Bobcats answered, closing out the half with a 10-6 spurt to cut the advantage to 37-31 heading into the intermission.
After the Bobcats cut the lead to 37-34 with a Whitaker triple to open the second half, Queens responded with an 18-6 surge over the next eight minutes, pushing the margin to 55-40 on a Thomas layup with 11:22 to play. The Royals would hold on from there, widening the advantage to as many as 23 points down the stretch en route to the 79-60 victory.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Tuesday when the Bobcats host North Greenville University in their regular season finale at 5:30 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium. The Bobcats will honor their three seniors, Parker, Amber Coleman (Alexandria, Va.), and Sophie Witte (Hamburg, Germany) during the contest.
QUEENS 79, LMC 60
Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total
Lees-McRae.................... 31 29 - 60
Queens........................ 37 42 - 79
LMC: WHITAKER 11, COLEMAN 3, PATTERSON 5, PARKER 10 (8 REBOUNDS), CAKAREVIC 2, FLOWERS 10, SMITH 2, WATERS 17 (12 REBOUNDS). FG: 19-70, 3FG: 6-17, FT: 16-26. 51 REBOUNDS, 14 TURNOVERS, 7 ASSISTS.
QUEENS: SWEET 5, HARDY 3, PETTAWAY 12 (8 REBOUNDS), BATTLE 26 (8 REBOUNDS), MYATT 9, THOMAS 16, PETTIT 8. FG: 25-53, 3FG: 3-10, FT: 26-34. 46 REBOUNDS, 14 TURNOVERS, 7 ASSISTS.
Royals Defeat Bobcats, 78-57
The Queens University of Charlotte men's basketball team forced 21 turnovers by Lees-McRae College en route to a 78-57 win in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday evening.
Queens (18-7, 13-1 CC) posted a field goal percentage of 50 percent on the night, including a 57.7 percent clip in the second half, as the Royals knocked down 10 more shots than Lees-McRae (8-16, 7-8 CC) while making 20 additional attempts from the floor. The Bobcats shot an even 50 percent from the floor as well, including a 55 percent mark in the first half, while edging the Royals by a 33-31 margin on the glass.
DJ Brown (Anderson, S.C.) led all scorers with 18 points in the contest, going 4-for-4 from downtown and 6-for-6 at the free throw line, as Daniel Sepokas (Illawong, Australia) added 16 markers on 6-of-13 shooting from the floor. Jeremiah Henry (Semmes, Ala.) chipped in eight points, as Sepokas dished out a game-high three assists.
David Mason and Nate Blackburn each tallied 17 points off the bench for the Royals, as Antonio Stabler added 16 markers and game-highs of seven rebounds and four steals. Brandon Nichols and Sean Eads each dished out a game-high three assists.
Queens jumped out to an early 10-2 lead in the first half, opening the eight-point margin on a Stabler jumper before the Bobcats evened the tally at 10-10 with eight consecutive markers by Brown. After Queens regained the lead with an 11-4 run that was capped by a Nichols dunk and Lees-McRae answered with a 10-6 spurt to cut the margin to 27-24, the Royals closed out the half with a 12-4 surge to take a 39-28 advantage into the intermission.
The Royals would carry the momentum into the second half, pushing the margin to 55-31 with a 16-7 run that was capped by a Mason jumper with 13:55 to play. Queens held on from there, closing out the 78-57 victory with strong play on both ends of the floor down the stretch.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Tuesday when the Bobcats host North Greenville University in their regular season finale at 7:30 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium. The Bobcats will honor senior and student assistant Stephen Haymer prior to the contest.
QUEENS 78, LMC 57
Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total
Lees-McRae.................... 28 29 - 57
Queens........................ 39 39 - 78
LMC: LAMOT 2, SEPOKAS 16, TILLMAN 6, BATTLE 4, HENRY 8, LOPEZ 2, BROWN 18, OJI 1. FG: 198-38, 3FG: 4-9, FT: 15-26. 33 REBOUNDS, 21 TURNOVERS, 5 ASSISTS.
QUEENS: BAILEY 7, STABLER 16, NICHOLS 7, NEWLIN 4, JOHNSON 2, MASON 17, BLACKBURN 17, TWITTY 2, EADS 6. FG: 29-58, 3FG: 5-11, FT: 15-20. 31 REBOUNDS, 8 TURNOVERS, 12 ASSISTS.
Photo Courtesy: DeAnna Waters, LMC Athletics